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Wealden Local Plan Update

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

There has been a last minute change by WDC. The Wealden Local Plan will not been submitted on Nov 9th . It is not ready and has now been delayed till the first quarter of 2017. It could be as late as March. No one is sure exactly what this means as yet. Worse case scenario is that is more open season for developers.

See note from Nigel Hannan (Director Planning Policy and Economic Development Wealden District Council)

No to development in any part of the Green Belt or AONB

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

A quote from http://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/…/14650734.This_week_s_let…/

No to development in any part of the Green Belt or AONB by the WDC planning policy. The threat: “If the plan does not show how we will meet housing need, the inspector could fail it – then it’s open season for speculative developers to fill a planning vacuum.” contained above has the whiff of the post-Brexit emergency budget – and we all know what happened to that! On 18th July in a speech to the House of Commons Sajid Javid stated: “The Green Belt is absolutely sacrosanct… Unless there are exceptional circumstances, we shouldn’t be carrying out any development there”. So, if WDC reject Green Belt and AONB development, then central government will not overturn their decision. Come on WDC and stand up for your community.

Is WDC driven by cash and not community interests?

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

(quoting ‘Response to Wealden Local Plan’ from CPRE Sussex):
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….In both Wealden’s immediate neighbours, Rother and Lewes Districts, it has been accepted that the unconstrained OAHN (Objectively Assessed Housing Need) cannot be achieved without unacceptable landscape and environmental impact. Why has a completely different conclusion been reached in Wealden?….
….Not only has WDC not admitted that these targets might be excessive BUT they have agreed to add to their total an extra 2,500 houses which were rejected by other Councils in the South East….
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Neighbourhood Plan.

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

The Wealden Local Plan (WLP) document ‘Issues, Options and Recommendations’ (IOR) established that 20,000 homes need to be provided in the Wealden area by 2037. Thus, Wealden District Council (WDC) is now seeking offers from Landowners to bring the total number of new houses in our village to well over 190. Currently, land which could accommodate a further 371 homes has been put forward by landowners leading to the strong likelihood of this being doubled as new offers are made.
The Parish Survey of May 2015 was conducted before the WDC push for massive development was made public. The survey dealt with village amenities for a stable population; it significantly did not anticipate the emerging threat to these infrastructure essentials: sewerage, water supply, electricity supply, surgery capacity, school capacity, road capacity, waste management.
Our Parish Council will very soon be invited to discuss with WDC our village infrastructure requirements to meet the potential housing development.
I would like to request that our Parish Council consults the community before the WDC meeting in order to take on board the vision and aspirations of the local community and especially village opinion on infrastructure requirements.

The same consultation could also gather village opinion on the type, appearance and spatial strategy of sustainable development in the absence of a Neighbourhood Plan.

Is WDC driven by cash and not community interests?

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

In the South East Plan Core Strategy (2013 ten year plan) East Hoathly had no allocation of extra houses.
In 2015, an allocation of 190 was made whilst acknowledging that this would be a problematic 50% growth.
In a new South East Plan currently being processed (based on the Government’s accelerated building plan to meet OAHN-Objectively Assessed Housing Need), Wealden District Council (WDC) is seeking offers from Landowners to bring the total number of houses to well over 190. Currently, land which could accommodate a further 371 homes has been put forward by landowners leading to the strong likelihood of this being doubled as new offers are made. A lot of this is existing studland (An acre of Agricultural Land worth £10,000 rises to £1000,000 once Planning Permission is granted).
In one development scenario, WDC has earmarked East Hoathly as a new town with an allocation of 5000 houses!
Wealden’s Local Plan (where you will find their six development scenarios) is driven by:
http://www.wealden.gov.uk/…/PPolicy_WLP_IsseusOptionsRecomm…
TIMETABLE (LIKELY)
Publication of plan: Christmas 2016
Submissions for comment: April/May 2017
Local plans finalised and voted on: 2018
Adopted: 2018

England’s long tradition of fighting unsightly over-development.

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Popular movements, trusts and societies, have given us a national culture to maintain the beauty of our countryside. It’s what separates us from the mistakes made by our Continental partners. This must be borne in mind as we address the current housing crisis. People don’t, as a rule, want to stop development. But they do want to be consulted at the start of the planning process; they do want a say in the type of housing, its location, its density and the infrastructure requirements.